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Indians fade in eighth inning

KEIZER, Ore. – Adam Duvall’s three-run homer in the eighth inning Tuesday night gave the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes a 5-3 Northwest League baseball win over the Spokane Indians at Volcanoes Stadium.

Duvall’s homer, his fourth of the season, went to left field with one out against Justin Earls (1-2), who entered as a reliever to begin the inning.

Earls recorded one out before allowing Daniel Brock’s double to right and walking Mike Murray.

The Indians opened their ninth with Clark Murphy’s double to right and Santiago Chirino’s walk, but Stephen Harrold retired the next three batters to earn his fifth save.

The Indians, held to two hits through five innings, took a 3-2 lead in the sixth off Mario Rodriguez. Kevin Rodland and Ryan Strausborger walked and moved up on a wild pitch. Michael Olt doubled both home and scored on Jared Hoying’s single.

Spokane’s Jimmy Reyes pitched a hitless sixth and seventh, striking out four, before giving way to Earls.

The five-game series is tied heading into tonight’s final game.

Spokane is 2-5 on the road trip, its longest stint away from home this season. The Indians are 10-18 on the road this year.

Spokane returns to Avista Stadium on Friday for a five-game series with Eugene. The Indians have a 22-8 home record.

The Indians, first-half champions of the East Division, are 10-10 during the second half.

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